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BARRY DOCK REGATTA. The third annual regatta at Barry Dock was held on Wednesday in glorious weather. The Dock had put on a holiday appearance, the ships had hoisted many-coloured flags. and the usual invasion of the poor blind," broken-down musicians. maimed men, and,other such pleasant signs betokened that something unusual was hap- pening. For some considerable time preparations have been made by the Committee to secure success to the undertaking, their aim meeting with unqualified success. The regatta was under the patronage of the Right Hon. Lord Windsor, and the Board of Directors: and the Committee was composed of the following gentlemen :—Colonel Guthrie (chairman). Captain Davies (vice-chair- man), Mr. E. John, Mr. E. F. Richards, Mr. F. P. Jones-Llovd, Mr. H. II. Powell, Dr. Treharne, Captain Whall, Captain Jones, Mr. R. T. Duncan, Mr. A. R. Clarke, Mr. J. Davies, Mr. W. Sanders, Mr. J. Clare. Mr. S. Harwood, Mr. F. Trott. Mr. R. H. Wilson. Mr. S. Thorning. Mr. J. Whittle. Referee. Captain Davies. Starters—Sailing Cap- tain Whall rowing, Captain Murrell, senior. Starters—Sailing. Captain Jones and Mr. J. Clare rowing, Mr. R. T. Duncan. Hon, treasurer, Mr. W. H. Morgan, Lloyd's Bank, Barry Dock. Joint hon. sees., F. E. Aitken pnd T. G. Duncan. Barry Dock. Where so many indefatigable and willing workers are named, it would seem almost invidious to par- ticularise any gentleman or gentlemen, but we cannot refrain from mentioning the very able and valuable services rendered by the hon. sees., Messrs. F. E. Aitken and T. G. Duncan. The Bonnie Doon, Clyde. Earl of Dunraven, and Privateer were filled with spectators, who were more privileged than the thousands of spectators who thronged the sides of the pier, breakwaters. and every coign of vantage. Amongst those present were :— Dr. Mrs., and Master O'Donnell, Mr. R. G. Morris, Dr. and Mrs. Neale and party. Mr. W. G. Flanders, Newport Sid. Davies, Barry E. Rees (Barry) and party. F. Shaw (Board of Trade), D. H. Emery, Cardiff D. H. Handcock (manager for C. H. Bailey) and party. Mrs. Jones. Rees Jones, Dr. and Mrs. Gore, R. W. Dyer. Miss Shaw ,Mr. and Mrs. B. T. Pomeroy, Mrs. Captain Joraes Deputy Chief- Constable Wake and family, Mr. E. J. and Mrs. Roberts, Mrs. W. B. Williams. Miss Williams, Miss Johnson, Rev. John Garner. Mrs. Adams and Miss Thomas, Mrs. Gilman, Miss Davies (Newport), Mr. J. Lewis, Mr. Lowdon and family. Mrs. H. Hughes and Miss Hughes, Mrs. White, and Mrs. Williams, Mr. land Mrs. Guthrie and party, Mrs. J. Dutton, Catliedral-road, Cardiff Miss Priman and Saunders. Mr. O. Lewis, Mr. Charles Wills, Mr. H. Wells, W. G. Ryd, Mrs. R. P. Culley and family, Misses Brookes, Miss Duncan, Mr. Bowden. Great Western Hotel. Cardiff; Mr. A. Phillips, Miss McLean, Mr. J. Parkman, Miss Marsh, Mr. W. T. Sainsbury, Miss Williams. Wenvoe Mrs. Pearce, Miss Richards,.Mrs. Roberts, Dr. and Mrs. Treharne, Mr. A. T. Roberts, Mr. David Evans, Mr. G. H. Richards, Mr. J. Evans, Mr. O. Evans. Mr. C. Thornley, Mrs. Kendall. Mrs. Thomas Knowells, Mr. H. L. Jones, Mr. David Clark. Mr. McGill, Mr. J. Parkman, Mrs. Jenkins, (of Roath), and family, Mrs. Barrett, Lincolnshire J. Hamper, Mr. John Ormes, Mr. E. Williams, Mr. G. H. Mitchell, Mr. F. Phillips, Mr. Scrobaizza, Mr. E. Beecher. Mr. G. Adams, Mr. E. B. Gratte, Mr. R. A. Reynolds, G. Reynolds, Mr. G. G. Spray, Mr. William Douglas. Dr. Williams, Mr. S. Chappie, Wenvoe Arms Hotel Mr. A. A. Weston, Mr. Thomas Lewis, Mr. W. Nicholls, Mr. Tatton, Mr. Rees, Mr. and Mrs. J. Williams, Barry Dock Mr. W. J. Diamond, Mr. and Mrs. J. Brough and family, Mrs. Evans, and Misses Johns, hi. The interest taken b-7 the spectators never flagged from the commencement to the eud of the competitions. The two most important contests of the day, namely, the All Comers' Sailing Race, and the Barry Pilot Boat Race, were competed for outside in the Channel, and the spectators, there- fore, only saw the boats enter the dock after the contests but the winners were greeted with demonstrations of pleasure by those who were connected with the docks. The two most laugh- able competitions were the Neapolitan Dance and the Duck" Hunt. both of which were much enjoyed. On the pierhead the crowds found a little diversion in the blarney of some Cheap Jacks," and the ginger bread and sweetstuff stalls did roaring trades. The band of the Severn Volunteer Division Royal Engineers, under the leadership of Mr. J. Matthews, by the kind per- mission of Major Thornley and the officers, played the following selections of music in a very creditable manner :— March Forward Doppler Selection "Gondoliers" Sullivan Polka The Kettledrum" Skrimthire Valse Luyaderc" Bncalosi Selection "The Mountebanks" Sullivan Selection "Yeoman of the Guard" Sullivan Galop "The Ostrich" Seide Gavotte Feuilie d'Amour" Lagrange Cornet Solo "In Old Madrid"Arr. by Matthews (Serg.-Bugler Davies.) Selection "Wales" Godfrey Intermezzo. "Cavalleria Rusticalla" Mascayui Valse Fiddle and I Roeder Polka Jolly Coppersmith" Peter Galop. Birds Beak" Frhrbach The Barry Railway Men's Band, under the con- ductorship of Mr. De Boer, played selections of music on board the Bonnie Doon. LIST OF EVENTS. All Comers' Sailing Race, open to all pilot boats of the Bristol Channel. Prizes—1st, E30 2nd, £ 15; 3rd, £ 5. Any sailing boat allowed except racing mainsail. Time allowance, } minute per foot. Distinguishing flag—pilot's flag. Five boats started at 11.58 a.m.-the Bride owners, T. D. and P. Phillips. Newport: length of keel. 45ft.: colours, black and amber. Polly, owners, W. H. Tucker & Co.; length, :58ft. 7in.: colours, light blue. Lily and May. owner, D. Francis length, 39ft. colours, red and white checked. Excel, owner, W. Wood- ward length, 39ft. llin. colour, white. Mos- quito, owner, T. Richards length. 38ft. colours, yellow. The Bride led from the first, and kept gaining on her rivals, till she came in first at 5.1 p.m. She was followed at 5.17 p.m. by Excel, and after an interval by Lily and May at 5.36 p.m. The Mosquito came in fourth at 5.40 p.m. Taking into consideration the time allowance of h minute per foot it will he seen that the Bride won by 12J minutes over Excel and 32 minutes over Lily and May. Pilot Boat Race, confined to Barry single li- censed pilots. Length of keel not to exceed 33ft. 6in. Prizes—1st, £10; 2nd, £ 0: Hrd, E4. No restriction on sails. Distinguishing flags—pilots' flag over white flag. Four boats started-the Vixen (W. Dyer), Comet (T. Brown), Lizzie (D. Davies), and Rising Sun (G. Bennett). — 1st, Vixen. Amateurs' Open Boat Sailing Race, open to re- cognised boat clubs of the Bristol Channel. Boats not to exceed 1Hft. overall. Centre-boards allowed. Prizes-1st, piece of plate, given by Messrs. T. Thomas and Sons. Cardiff; 2nd, .£2: 3rd, £ 1. Distinguishing flag-yellow. Only three boats started.—1st, Edith, owned by A. D. Ashford 2nd, Oof Bird, owned by E. Bachelor 3rd, Puffin, owned by G. F. Mason. Hobbling Yawl Sailing Race, open to Cardiff, Penarth, and Barry Boats, not exceeding 23ft. keel. Prizes—1st, £ 5 2nd, £4: 3rd, ,C3. No restriction on sails. Four boats to start or no third prize. Distinguishing flag-blue. Six boats started.—1st. I Am Here, owned by R. Roderick: 2nd, Dauntless, owned by W. Bower 3rd, Harold, owned by Charles George. Open Boat Sailing Race. Boats not to exceed llift. length of keel. Prizes—1st. 2C2 10s. 2nd, t'l 10s. 3rd. 15s. Eight boats started.—1st, No Name, owned by J. Dyer 2nd, Wanderer, owned by G. Scale Brd. Polly, owned by R. Frost. Tradesmen's Pair-Oared Race, boats not to exceed 1.1ft. Gin. length of keel. Prize—1st, £ 2 2nd, £ 1; 3rd, 10s. Four boats to start or no third prize.-lst, X 0 Name, rowed by J. Dyer: 2nd;. Florence, rowed by J. Hall and T. Beynon: 3rd, Black Swan, rowed by E. Hunt and J. Skinner. Pair-Oared Race, confined to Barry licensed boats, not exceeding 14ft. 6in. length of keel. Prizes-1st, .t'2 2nd, £ 1; 3rd. Ids.—1st. M. E.; 2nd, Sarah 3rd, S. A. M. Five pairs competed. Pair-Oared Race, open to Cardiff, Penarth. and Barry licensed boatmen. Prize—1st, X3; 2nd. £ 2 3rd, £1. Boats not to exceed 16ft. length of keel. 1st, M.E.; 2nd, Mabel; 3rd, S.A.M. Four competed. Four-Oared Ships' Boat Race, boats to be manned by ships' crews or riggers regularly employed at Barry Dock. Open to all nationalities. Coxswain allowed. Prizes—1st. A:2 10s. 2nd, £ 1 10s. The ninth event did not take place. Barry Dock ^Employes' Race. Coxswain allowed. Prizes—1st, -4;5 2nd, £ 2 10s. Three to start or no Second Prize.—1st, David Davies, rowed by J. Carr 2nd, Lost Sheep, rowed by W. Bastien. Three boats competed. Pair Paddle Barry Licensed Pilots' Punt Race. To be pulled by Pilots' Assistants. Prizes—1st, £ 1 2nd, 10s.—1st, Leader (W. Reid): 2nd, Rising Sun (R. Bennett). There were four com- petitors in this race. Pair Paddle Open Rowing Race. Boats not to exceed 16ft. length of keel. Prizes—1st, £ 2; 2nd, £1 3rd, 10s. One round. 1st, Lily (A. Stoodley) 2nd, Sarah (Mr. King) 3rd, Sam (F. Chappie) Six competed in this race. Trimmers' hhovel Race, four men in a boat. Prizes—1st, £ 2 2nd, £ 1; 3rd, 10s. Three boats to start or no second prize.—1st, Guerets' crew 2nd, Hayes' crew. Four cnews competed, in this race. Stern Sculling Race, open to any licensed, boat- man. Boats not to exceed 16ft. length of keel. Prizes-1st, £1: 2nd, 10s. (once round).—1st, Mabel (J. Knight): 2nd, Little Amy (Owens). Five boats competed. Men's Amateur Swimming Race. To start from barge, around moored boat and back. Prizes—1st, £1: 2nd, 10s.; 3rd, 5s.—1st, A. Poeook. Barry; 2nd, R. Cook, Barry 3rd, F. Brockington, Barry. Four entered for this event. Special Swimming Race. This race was for some competitors who by some misunderstanding had been prevented from entering the previous race. One prize offered. 1st, T. E. Dennett. Cardiff. Neapolitan Pole Dance. Prizes — 1st, 11 2nd, leg of mutton. This- race was the most amusing one of the day. Roars of laughter was evoked by. the- comical capers cut by those who competed. To carry off the prize the competitors had to walk to the edge of a greased pole, and pluck off the flags there. After many attempts by about a dozen competitors, the first prize was carried off by Sidney Dyer, Cadoxton. Duck Hunt. Time. 30 minutes. Prizes-Winner. 25s.; loser, 10s. Duck. W. H. Giffard. Boat, W. Palridge s crew. This was another amusing contest. The "duck" managed to evade his would-be catchers for 9.] minutes,. The adroit turns he took, and when in the water the way in which he managed to keep out of the clutches of the pursuers, were much enjoyed by the spectators. Ultimately, the bowman, A. Johns, caught him, thereby securing the first prize to the boat's crew. DINNER AT BARRY DOCK HOTEL. In the evening a dinner was held in the Barry Dock Hotel, Colonel Guthrie in the chair. Among those present we noticed besides General Lee, Mr. Robert Duncan (The Buttrills), Canon Allen. Drs. O'Donnell, Lloyd-Edwards, Treharne. and Gore, Captain. Davies (vice-chairman),. Captain Jones, '[ Captain Whall, Messrs. R. T. Duncan. D. Griffiths, D. T. Alexander, J. W. Jones, Alfred Jackson, J. Roberts. E. John, David Phillips. John Phillips, F. Pratt, David Roberts. W. H. Morgan. Superin- tendent Wake, R. G. Morris, S. Chappell, R. P. Pomeroy, Herbert Jenkins. W. Llewellyn Williams. A. Clarke, R. O. Jenkins, F. P. Jones-Lloyd, W. H. Powell, E. A. Aitken, D. Duncan, F. Brooks, Rees Jones, J. Williams,. J. Milward, A. Weston, J. Price, Isaac Davies,. R. W-. Dyer.- Sam Harwood, Sidney Davies, James Williams, S. Thorning, J. Handcock. J. R. Llewellyn, S. Jones. J. Dyer, Williams (" Excel"), Brown, J. Clare, H. de Boer, W. Saunders, &c., &c. A splendid dinner was served in Mr. Cullev's best style, and the excellent waiting was a thing to be remembered' in a district which is getting notorious for its bad waiting. The menu was as follows :— Clear Ox Tail. Green^Peas.. Fried Fillet of Sole. Tartar Sauce. Boiled Salmon and Cucumber. Kidney Saute and Champignons. Fricandeau of Veal a la JarcAniere. Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding. Boiled Mutton and Caper Sauce. Roast Chicken and Ham. Marrow. French Beans. Potatoes. Apple Tart. Plum Pudding and Brandy Sauce. Junket and Cream. Jelly. Mille Fruit. Cheese. Salad. Dessert. After dinner, the Chairman read telegrams, which he had received from the Rev. J. W. Matthews and Captain Handcock, regretting their inability to be present. The Chairman then apolo- gised for not having been present at the regatta. He had been unable to come down as an accident had occurred to one of his vessels, and one of his passenger boats had been run into on which there were 250 passengers, but he was glad to say no lives had been lost. (Hear, hear.) After the loyal toasts had been proposed and J duly honoured. Captain Whall proposed "The Ministers of all Religions." Society, he said, would not be so bearable or so good were there not so many self-denying gentlemen in their midst who taught them to live good lives. (Hear, hear.) Years ago it used to be said there were certain streets in Lendon which policemen dared not enter, and which only clergymen and doctors visit. No matter what their creeds might be these gentlemen were all working energetically for one common goal—to try if they could manage in some way to persuade their fellow-men to live good ],ives. (Hear, hear.) He had great pleasure in proposing the health of the Ministers," coupled with the name of Canon Allen. (Cheers.) Canon Allen said that he felt it was most appro- priate that his senior churchwarden should pro- pose that toast. (Laughter and cheers.) He (the j speaker), in respondinpr, wished to speair, not only for the clergy of the Established Church, but also for the ministers—he would not call them by the hateful name of ministers of the rival sects-(hear, hear)—but the ministers of the sister Churches. (Loud cheers.) He was glad to say that all the ministers co-opera'ed heartily, not only in doing what was more expressly and directly committed to them to do, but in promoting good. wholesome amusements and healthy innocent sports. In say- ing this, he felt sure he was speaking as well for Mr. Matthews, whose name was also coupled with the toast, and whom he regretted was unable to be present that evening. The utmost good feeling and the heartiest co-operation existed among ministers of all denominations in the Barry dis- trict. They were all in sympathy with good, sound, manly exercises. (Hear, hear.) The most prominent type of English character to-day was the jovial tar—(laughter)—and he might say it was the most noble type. (Hear, hear.) He felt sure that, in case war should break out—which he prayed would never be the case—our yachtsmen would be found to be the best and ablest men to step in to help our men of war. (Hear, hear.) He thanked them for the very kind manner in which they had received the toast. (Loud applause.) Dr. Kelly proposed the toast of the Army, Navy, and Reserve Forces." In the Army, he said.there were four distinct nationalities repre- sented—the Irish, English, Welsh, and Irish— (loud laughter)—he meant Scotch but they were all united under one flag, and were actuated only by a generous spirit of rivalry—who would first be over the trenches. (Cheers.) He wished, how- ever, to speak more particularly of the Reserve forces. Our citizen soldiers had made such gigantic strides during the last few years that they stood strides during the last few years that they stood now on the same level as the regular men. (Hear" hear.) The citizen soldiers of England were a credit to their country, and if war broke out, they would have no need to fear that their second line of defence would prove unworthy of themselves or their country. (Cheers.) There was no need to speak of the regular force, which had proved what it could do. He had great pleasure in coupling with the toast the names of a distinguished soldier who was present. General Lee—(cheers)—and Captain Davies. (Loud applause.) General Lee, in response, said that he was glad that the Army knew-no politics, but that one and all rejoiced at the name of which Tennyson had sung of Englishmen." (Hear, hear.) They had always given all who came against them the best welcome they could—(laughter)—and the wel- come had been found to be very effective. (Cheers.) He had the honour to be the hon. colonel of a local corps, which he felt sure was actuated by the best motives, and whichhad earned golden opinions during the last few weeks at Plymouth—(Hear, hear)—and they had come back with a still keener love for soldiering. He was glad to think that the old curious odd dislike of the Army was dying, and it was dying greatly through the instrumentality of the reserve forces. (Loud Applause.) Mr. W. H. Morgan, in responding in the absence of Captain Davies, said that though Capt. Davies' name had been coupled with the toast, Captain Davies was essentially a man of peace. (Laughter.) He was not connected with the Army, Navy, or Reserve Forces, but he (the speaker) had just been told that Captain Davies was connected with the Militia. (Loud laughter.) If Captain Davies had been present, he could throw light on the matter. (Renewed laughter.) In any case. he thanked them on behalf of his absent friend for the kind way they had drunk the toast. (Laughter and cheers.) Mr. Robert Duncan then proposed, The Town and Trade of Barry." He was glad, he said, to think that he was one of the first to know of and work for Barry Dock, and in so young a town it was hard to dislocate the trade of the town from the trade of the dock. (Hear, hear.) He was sorry to hear that trade, from a tradesman's point of view, was not quite so good as it might be. and he was told that some were losing heart. There was no reason for this when they came to consider the case. Hitherto the extreme rapidity with which the district had grown had brought together an enormous number of workmen, and carpenters, masons and others who might be termed a floating population. Now that there was a lull in the building trade, the trade of the district was return- ing to its normal condition. The same was very much the case at Cardiff years ago, but he sincerely hoped that Barry would occupy a different posi- tion to what was the condition of Cardiff twenty years ago. While he was on this point ke might remind them that for years there had been some j who looked down upon the initial progress of Barry, and kept it back as far as in them lay, because they thought the rise of Barry would take away the trade from Cardiff. There were many, however, who were thoroughly acquainted with the matter, who thought that there was not only ample room for both, but that there was ample room for progress in both. (Hear, hear.) TheBarry- ites had been proved to be in.;the right. There had been. and there was no intention to injure any- body, but they had only been driven to make a plane of their own. (Cheers.) But he had said that he hoped Barry would be placed on a different footing to the Cardiff of 20 years ago. The shipping of Barry was already, he believed, greater than was the whole shipping of Cardiff at that time. The want of an import trade had kept Cardiff back for many years, and the one essential thing for the future prosperity of Barry was the developement of an import trade. (Hear, hear.) It would not do to let the whole prosperity of Barry Town—in which he included Barry. Barry Dock, and Cadox- ton — depend on the export of coal. In 1875 the great coal strike placed Cardiff in almost as great stress as the hills, for Cardiff at the time was almost entirely dependent on the export of coal. They should avoid that danger in Barry by develop ing an import trade. (Hear, hear.) They had a larger consuming population, and, even if an im- port trade was only developed to supply their re- quirements, a great stride would be taken. There was ample room on the Moors for working. It was a better place than Cardiff could offer, as it could offer a more direct access, to the docks. He did not know why a start had not already been made but whether it was that too much money had been asked for the land or what, he did not know. In any case, he trusted that in ten or twenty years—(shouts of "before that")—yes, and before that—the Moors would be covered with thriving manufactories. (Loud cheers.) Mr. W. H. Morgan, in responding, said that they all knew that Mr. Duncan had. had much to do with the inception of Barry Dock, and they were all sorry that he did not come out more in public life. (Hear, hear.) He agreed with Mr. Duncan that it was impossible to dissect the trade of the town from the trade of the dock. and it was, therefore, of the most vital consequence that the trade of the dock should be flourishing. (Hear. hear.) He believed that the best thing that could happen to them would be to see several idle tips at the docks. (Loud laughter). As long as the Company could export 100.000 urns a week, it might be concluded that Penarth would get some of what was the surplus of Barry. He was glad to believe that the directors of the Company would soon enlarge their dock accommodation. and therefore increase their exports and the num- berof their idle tips. (Laughter and cheers.) The directors of the Barry Company must be ad- mitted to be a level-headed body of men— (laughter)—and it was not, therefore, likely that they would spend £150,OUtJ on a deep sea lock, on which they would not get a penny of direct revenue without some purpose, and it was natural to suppose that they. intended to do something whereby a much larger trade would be done. (Hear. hear.) They were aware that last year there had been a surplus of £lU,UUO after paying 10 per cent. on Barry shares. Now, this money, and the addi- tional revenue that would be derived from the commercial graving dock when it was completed, would yield a good return on the expenditure necessary for forming a new dock, for they must remember that only half a dock would have to be made. as nature had provided for the other half. (Hear, hear.) He did not believe that the future of Barry was as gloomy as some tradesmen said. Some tradesmen, it was true. suffered from depres- sion of trade, and they suffered deservedly, for they didn't cater for the requirements of the dis- trict. For his own part. he believed that they had now, as it were. touched bottom, and that there was a splendid future for the town and trade of Barry. (Loud applause.) Other toasts were "The Regatta Officials," pro- posed by Mr. D. T. Alexander, and responded to by Mr. F. E. Aitken and Mr. T. J. Duncan The Ladies," proposed by Mr. E. John, and responded to by Mr. F. P. Jones-Lloyd and The Press," proposed by Mr. Alfred Jackson, and responded to by Mr. Llewellyn Williams, and Mr. Llewellyn. Mr. David Roberts then proposed The Chair- man." Col. Guthrie, he said, had been identified with the district from the very commencement, and had been and was still one of its most earnest advocates. (Hear, hear.) Like all good business men, Col. Guthrie believed in a little pleasure as well as work for all work and no play made Jack a dull boy." and he knew they were all very glad to have him once more presiding at their regatta dinner. (Cheers.) After the toa^t had been enthusiastically drunk with musical honours and three times three, Col. Guthrie said that he had something to do with the beginning of Barry Dock, and he still felt a very lively interest in it. He had still very large interests in one kind and another in the district, and his interest like that of many others f inclined towards his pocket. (Laughter.) Every ship which he could influence came to Barry Dock, and this he did not only for his own sake. but also in the interests of his clients, for at Barry he had always found the greatest of courtesy and quick despatch. (Loud cheers.) For despatch in shipping coal and unshipping ballast he thought Barry Dock had not an equal in the kingdom. (Hear, hear.) Not only was business well tran- sacted. but there was a universal spirit of courtesy among the officials which augured well for the future success of the dock. He had always thought that the best way to succeed in business was to be courteous to one's employees and to have a kind word for everybody, whether rich or poor. and that they could always get at Barry. (Hear, hear.) He thanked them for the very enthusiastic manner in which they had toasted his health and that of Mrs. Guthrie. (Applause.) Interspersed with the toasts, songs were given by the following- gentlemen among others :— Violin solo, Mr. DeBoer; song, The future Mrs. Hawkins," Mr. W.H.Morgan: song," I wait for thee," Mr. Brooks song. The girl in the school at the end of the street," Mr. Trott song, Brown of Camden Town," Mr. F. E. Aitken song, "The Marseillaise,Mr. James Lloyd; song,.iMr. Dyer, &e.c. The company separated after spending a most enjoyable evening. AT THE DIXXER. [BY MR. GAD-AUOUTI] I have been in many a jolly dinner—more in number than I would like to remember—but I have never been at one which was such a perfect success as- the Regatta dinner on Wednesday night. In the first place the cooking.was splendid. The menuithat was presented was simply wonderful at the price, and it was served in Mr. Culley's usual excellent style. And, what, greater praise is needed ? One gentleman, was greatly«xercised.in mind as to what" Kidney Saute and Champignons might mean. A local press man ventured the explana- tion that it meant fried kidneys and champagne and the diner-out at once ordered two. helpings. Of course there was no champagne, but they were as good as if there was.—almost. Then the waiting was a work of art. I only hope that some of the other hotel-keepers who cater for public dinners will take a leaf out of the book of the Barry Dock Hotel. There was no need to. ask a waiter twice for anything, and there was no gravy spilt over your best pants. The Menu Card was nicely, got. up, considering it was not printed in the district. Had it being given'to a local man, probably Mr. Alexander would have had no fault to find with, it., The speeches again were excellent, short, pointed, and racy. Canon Allen began by putting everybody in a good humour. I do like to hear the Canon speak. He is always so frank, so good- humoured, so jocular, and withal so gentlemanly. The Canon made a slip ilil pronouncing" yacht- men." but immediately excused himself by saying that it must not be put down to anything naughty, for he had failed with lias vowels, and the "naughty' men failed as a rule with their consonants. That wii& nothing, however, to what another speaker did in calling ginger beer binger geer." I thought at once of the old parson who gave out, From Greenland's icy mountains as From Iceland's greasy mountains." General Lee made an excellent point when he alluded to the doing of the Submarine Miners at Plymouth. I hope that the corps, of which he is hon. colonel, will continue to do well. >I< Mr. W. H. Morgan was the favourite of the evening, both as a speaker and singer and every- body was glad to hear from a jovial pilot that Mr. Morgan would appear again." But we all missed Bill Adams dreadfully. Mr. Dunoan, of the Buttrills, showed that though he is unfortunately identified too little with public life in the district he is alive to the want i of Barry, and I only hope thai Jus sugges- j tion with regird to establishing manufactures on the Moors will be acted upon. My readers will see a letter .rl the subject in other column. Mr. W. H. Morgan was of opinion that if appetite and intelligence went together, the men around him were the most wonderful geniuses on the face of the earth. Hunger," said the wise man is the best sauce and a wiser man said that when a good dinner was provided he would be a fool not to make the best of. The Directors of the Barry Company will be glad to hear that Mr. W. H. Morgan thinks that they are a level-headed body of men. Mr. Jackson, in proposing" The PreRS," made one of the best put-together speeches I have heard, for many a long day. It is a pity his first sentence- wasn't taken down verbatim. I am willing to bet that for length, involution of sentencep, lucidity of expression,, and triumphal issue" out of all the mazes of subordinate and co-ordinate sentences. it would compare favourably with any of Mr. Gladstone's. I make my bow to Mr. Jackson, and thank him for all the kind things he said of me (for. of course, he was only thinking of me when he said all tliosa nice things). Col. Guthrie told us he was 65 years of age. Well, if he is (for I mustn't contradict his testi- mony though it was on by hearsay evidence), be bears his years well, and is as young as manya- man of thirty. Here's health to the gallant- Colonel, and may he preside at many another regatta dinner at. Barry Dock The proceedings, after the formal toast and song list had been finished, wt-re very rich. One bald- headed gentleman volunteered a highly patriotic ballad, which told us, among other things, that The wooden walls of England Would guard her native shores. And then the naughty fellows, instead of shouting a Jingo chorus, persisted in singing" Get yer 'air cut." and the cup of the baldheaded gentleman's bitterness was filled to the brim when the local Dr. Tanner presented him with a huge basket of artificial flowers. Well. it was a jolly dinner, and if it were only for that, I heartily thank the committee for get- ting up the regatta. And may I have another chance to do justice to Mr. Culley's good things j





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